Impressions of Dungeness
Like many photographers based in the South of England, I've visited Dungeness countless times over the years. Ironically, during all these visits, I've never met anyone who new much about these old boats. However, yesterday I met the grandson of the guy who built one of the old "wrecks" in 1946. It was interesting to hear his views on the management of the Dungeness Estate and the desire in some quarters to see the old boats and sheds removed. Personally, I think the area would lose something of value were it "tidied up", though how you tidy up a nuclear power station on the horizon, I've no idea. Anyhow, back to photography. Part of the reason I like to visit is that I always know there are subjects to experiment with some of the more creative aspects of photography. I've had a Lensbaby sat in my bag for a couple of year, not made too much use of it, possibly always dreaming that I'd save up and buy a proper tilt-shift! So, decided to give it an outing yesterday and combine it with a low exposure - this incidentally, requires two adaptors to fit a Lee holder onto the front of the Lensbaby optic! Not the easiest of arrangements to work with, especially in a cold northerly wind, so I spent less time experimenting than I might have on a warmer day! However, the impressionistic blur gives a different feel to a relatively familiar composition of one of the old boats.
Photographer of the week
The nice folk over at The ADIDAP blog
are featuring Iain as their photographer of the week.
Papaver Dissected featured in Andrew S Gibson's blog ...more
Godrevy Lighthouse featured on RedBubble's home page
The good folk over at The D-Photo
are featuring a number of Iain's images in an article on Seascape and Landscape inspiration.
Godrevy lighthouse on 52 Monochrome
The image "Godrevy lighthouse" is featured in an article on seascapes by Warner Smith on the 52 Monochrome
I’ve had a Lensbaby Composer for about 6 months now and try to give this manually operated tilt-shift lens an outing every now and then. I can’t say I’ve mastered it yet, takes quite some getting used to. After all this lens is designed to produce out of focus images, when just about every other lens I use is designed to do the reverse, with prices to match! ...more
Second crossing on 52 Monochrome
One of Iain's images: "Second Crossing" is featured on the 52 Monochrome
A few weeks back, a friend introduced me to the work of Alexey Titarenko. Titarenko’s images build on the early photographic practice of chronophotography, the word is from the Greek chronos and photography, “picture of time”. His series “City of Shadows” shot between 1992 and 1992 uses long exposure techniques to show the movement of people through urban landscapes, with fascinating and evocative results. ...more
“In 100 yards, you have reached your destination” said Jane. Jane is the rather posh sounding voice programmed into our satnav and it was about to become clear that neither she nor the satnav’s manufacturer knew much about the rate of coastal erosion in this part of Norfolk since the road we were on ceased to exist a mere 60 yards in front of where we’d stopped! ...more